You are a carer if you provide, or intend to provide, unpaid help and support.  This could be to look after a family member, or help someone who is ill, frail or has a disability, mental health issues or addiction.

How do I get support?

Contact the Borders Carers Centre for information . The Borders Carers Centre provide a wide range of information and support to carers to help carers maintain their caring role. The Carers Centre is commissioned by the Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership to provide this.

How to get a carer’s support plan

A carer's support plan is a conversation about you and is an opportunity to explore options that could make caring easier for you.  It is your chance to speak to someone about how you feel about being a carer and how it affects your life.

You do not have to be living with the person you care for in order to qualify for a carer's support plan. You are entitled to a support plan in your own right even if the person you care for does not wish to receive any support. You also do not need to be in receipt of carer's allowance. There is no charge for a carer’s support plan.

You can get a carers support plan by contacting the Borders Carers Centre on 01896 752431 or e-mail: [email protected]

Eligibility for Support

New eligibility criteria have been introduced that identify the carers that the council has a duty to support. The support plan will help to identify this, and also identify other ways that carers can be enabled to carry out their caring role.

Download the eligibility framework for carers

Support for young carers

If you are a young person and spend time looking after a member of your family like your mum or dad, or brother or sister, then there could be support for you.  Find out more about being a young carer or call Scottish Borders Young Carers Service at Action for Children on 01896 750173.

Support for the person you care for

If the person you care for would benefit from social care support contact Customer Support and Advice Services.